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Arison expects to keep 'Big Three'

4/22/2014

According to The Miami Herald, Micky Arison was interviewed by Dan Le Batard on Monday and several topics regarding the Miami Heat were discussed.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can opt out of their contracts and join the 2014 class of free agents. James will become a free agent, while Bosh and Wade may decline the option. Either way, Arison expects to keep his best players.

“I hope it’s not going to be a challenge at all," Arison said. "We’ll see ... Our focus is winning a championship. Hopefully, after that it will be a nice parade and a good summer."

The Heat have been taxpayers and that will continue while Arison has the "Big Three" under contract though the 2015-16 season. The NBA estimates big increases to the luxury tax threshold over the next few seasons, so this will help keep the bill a little bit lower, although it will still be high as the Heat are going to be "repeat" taxpayers.

James took a big pay cut to leave Cleveland for Miami, however this time around he's likely going to seek a max contract, which he deserves.